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ZURICH, May 28. /TASS/. People's trust in the International Association of Football Organisations (FIFA) at the centre of an unprecedented corruption scandal should be restored, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.
"It is neccesary to begin to restore trust in our organisation," Blatter said at the opening ceremony of the FIFA congress at Zurich's Theater 11 held a day after Swiss police detained seven high-ranking FIFA officials money laundering and corruption charges filed by the US Justice Department.
"These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA. The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this week's congress," said Blatter, who has been at the FIFA helm since 1998.
He said the scandal brought "shame and humiliation" and demanded action.
"I know many people hold me ultimately responsible for the actions and reputation of the global football community," Blatter said. "We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time. If people want to do wrong, they will also try to hide it. But it must fall to me to bear the responsibility for the reputation and well-being of our organisation and to find a way forward to fix things."
Blatter, who is seeking reelection as FIFA president said there was no place for corruption at FIFA and promised "to cooperate with all authorities to make sure anyone involved in wrongdoing from top to bottom is discovered and punished.".